On March 10, 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 after the House approved the measure by a 220-211 vote. This followed passage in the Senate by a 50-49 vote on March 6. The bill will now head to President Biden's desk for signature. The bill was originally passed by the House on February 27, but was amended in the Senate in order both to appease moderate Democrats to ensure passage in the evenly divided chamber and to meet Senate rules. Lawmakers had set a deadline of March 14 to approve the package, as that was the expiration of unemployment relief last extended by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 in late December, 2020. Please click here to read the full brief - please contact us if you have any questions.